Almanac birthday, cakes, garden tips

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 23, 2017


April 24: Founder's Day
Happy Birthday, Robert B. Thomas!
Born on the 24th of April, 1766, Mr. Thomas founded The Old Farmer's Almanac.
Today, this humble book celebrates its 225th year with the 2017 edition!
Many thanks to all our readers for their support over the years—and generations.
Sincerely, your Almanac Editors


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Happy Birthday, Mr. Thomas!

The Life and Times of Robert B. Thomas
The founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Robert B. Thomas, was born on April 24, 1766, and he founded The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 1792 when George Washington was president. Here’s a small glimpse into the man and his time. 
Nominate a local hero

Do you know someone who’s gone above and beyond to make your community better? Nominate a local hero to win $1000! Plus, you’re entered in a Cummins Generator giveaway!

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Support for Climbing Veggies

Building Trellises and Supports for Climbing Vegetables
If you’re growing climbing peas, beans, cucumbers, or other vining plants, you’ll need to build supports to help them grow skyward. Providing support also means you can pack more sprawling plants, such as squashes and melons, into your space by training them upward instead. Here’s how to build supports for your climbing veggies!
Vintage Cast Iron Bird

Made using traditional sand-casting techniques! Display inside or outside.


Deterring Garden Voles

Voles drive gardeners and home owners crazy! You’ll know voles by the snakelike tunnels all over your lawn. Here’s advice on how to identify, prevent, and control your vole population.
Solar Flower Stakes

Hand-painted glass petals provide a splash of fun color to your garden. Once the Sun goes down, they truly shine. Automatically turns on at dusk and off in the daylight.

Happy Birthday Cakes!

Birthday Cake Recipes: Easy, Beautiful, Tested!
It takes just two to make a birthday party—two people and a cake! Here are five triple-tested, tried-and-true birthday cake recipes—each worth a chorus of ooohs and aaahs.
Bug Out! Spray Herbal Guard Scent

Unique, DEET-free, and incredibly effective blend utilizes Mother Nature’s best defenses—100% pure plant essences—to deter biting insects in a way that’s safe for you and the environment.